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Based on production and efficiency, here's my Western Conference starting five:
G: Chris Paul, New Orleans Hornets
G: Manu Ginobili, San Antonio Spurs
F: Dirk Nowitzki, Dallas Mavericks
F: Pau Gasol, Los Angeles Lakers
C: Tyson Chandler, Dallas Mavericks
My Western Conference starting lineup only includes one of the same players as the starters that the fans voted into the game - Paul. I'm picking Ginobili over Kobe Bryant at the other guard. Check out my mid-season shooting guard rankings to see why.
I've also got Nowitzki and Gasol over Carmelo Anthony and Kevin Durant at the forward positions. At center I've got Chandler over Yao Ming, who is injured anyway. Why Chandler? Check out my mid-season center rankings where he is the top-rated center in the West.
As for the reserves, here are my seven:
G: Kobe Bryant, Los Angeles Lakers
G: Eric Gordon, Los Angeles Clippers
F: Kevin Love, Minnesota Timberwolves
F: Kevin Durant, Oklahoma City Thunder
C: Tim Duncan, San Antonio Spurs
F: David West, New Orleans Hornets
G: Kevin Martin, Houston Rockets
So not only would Anthony not start, he'd be left off my roster completely. In fact, he's not even the next small forward in line - that would be Rudy Gay.
Also controversial - I have Gordon and Martin making the team over Russell Westbrook and Deron Williams. Sure it's hard to believe,but when you compare their production and efficiency Gordon and Martin come out on top.
The final difference is West making the team over Blake Griffin. I love what Griffin is doing but West beats him out in my mid-season power forward rankings. However, this one's hard to argue - Griffin is leading West in four of the five advanced statistical categories I include in my rankings. It's West's huge advantage in Defensive Rating that puts him ahead of Griffin in the cumulative rankings.